Earlier this week I returned from a fabulous two-week trip to the US, including the BlogPaws 2015 Conference at Sheraton Music City, Nashville. There were way too many highlights to list them all here, so here are just a few of the things that made BlogPaws special for me this year.
Meeting online friends and making new ones
The pet blogging community is a warm and welcoming one and we chat and share information throughout the year on each others blogs and via groups on Facebook. It was wonderful to meet some of my online friends in person and get to know them a little better.
I especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet Waffles, Katie and all the other cool cat ladies at Glogirly‘s cocktail party, and our hotel room playtime with the adorable kittens from Random Felines, especially Tostada – how cute is this tabby girl?
It was wonderful to finally meet Sophie – a very special wobbly kitty (she has cerebellar hypoplasia) from Kitty Cat Chronicles, and her mom Emily.
And last, but certainly not least we loved meeting mom Janiss and the outgoing celebri-cat Summer from Sparkle Cat who really rocked the country and western look with her pink cowgirl hat!
Attending the Cat Writers’ Association sessions
Attending the CWA sessions especially the Publishing Panel featuring best selling authors and publishers: Amy Shojai, Lisa Erspamer, Pam Johnson-Bennett and Robert Mayer was another highlight.
As a blogger only just starting to think about publishing, this informational session provided insights into traditional versus self publishing, the value of originality and keeping it real, and the importance of creating content that engenders an emotional response and creates a connection with your readers.
I was also lucky enough to win a copy of Amy Shojai’s book, Complete Kitten Care for having traveled the furthest (8,923 miles or 14,360 kms) to attend BlogPaws.
Thanks to the BlogPaws team, the sponsors and speakers, and everyone who attended for making 2015 another memorable event.
The 2016 BlogPaws Conference is in Phoenix, Arizona – if attending is something that you really want to do, then start saving and planning now and make it happen.